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Aftab Alam's fast unto death enters 5th day, refuses to take medical aid

Friday May 20, 2011 05:30:03 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: Aftab Alam, the Malegaon youth on hunger strike since May 16, had been shifted to the general hospital after his condition deteriorated late in the evening yesterday. He, however, declined to take medical aid and ran away from the hospital.


"He was brought to the hospital yesterday evening after his condition deteriorated and he was needing the medical aid. He, however, refused to take the medical aid and ran away from the hospital late in the evening", Superintendent of the government owned General Hospital Dr Jadhav said while speaking to


Aftab Alam is now sitting in the pendal at Mushawerat Chowk once again continuing the fast unto death.


While speaking to, he said, "The Tahsildar had taken me to the hospital promising I would be discharged from the hospital in two hours. However, when they pressed me to stay in the hospital, I left the hospital at 11:00 in the night."


According to Bulund Iqbal, one of the front leaders of Nidharmi Sanghatna, Aftab Alam fell unconscious yesterday afternoon when Tahsildar came and said he needed immediate medical aid.


"On the request of the Tahsildar we agreed to shift Aftab Alam to the hospital after he promised to discharge him as early as possible", Bulund added.


Aaftab began his fast unto death on May 16 at Mushawerat Chowk in Malegaon against Dy Superintendent of Police (DYSP) Avinash Kumar, who, he alleged, is bias against the peaceful protesters.


"Kumar is biased against the people who are protesting peacefully at Mushawerat Chowk for the release of the Muslim accused arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast case and a ban on Hindutva terrorists", alleged Aftab Alam while speaking to a day before he was shifted to the hospital.


Mushawerat Chowk is one of the sites which had witnessed the blast on September 08, 2006. 


About his demands, Aftab said, "Unless written assurance is given that no case will be filed against peaceful protesters, all previous cases are withdrawn and Kumar is transferred from Malegaon, my fast unto death will continue."


According to Mustaqueem Dignity of the Nidharmi Sanghatna, three people were sitting on 24-hour hunger strike on rotation basis since April 25 demanding release of the local youths arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast and a ban on RSS and other Hindutva organisations for their alleged role in terrorism.


"However", he alleged, "After ten days, DYSP Avinash Kumar started filing cases against the peaceful protestors under section 102 of Mumbai Act. Shocked, we approached Dy Collector Ajay More on May 11 and lodged complaint against the DYSP, and also sought action against him. When we did not get any reply from the Dy Collector, we left with no option but to start the hunger strike", he said.


"Our protest is totally peaceful. Prior permission has also been taken from the local authorities and we are paying Rs. 60/- per day to the Municipal Corporation for the pandal", he said.


According to him, the police has filed cases against 30 of the 69 people who have taken part in the peaceful protest. Tired of what they called as the 'police high handedness', they started the hunger strike.


Meanwhile, the 24-hour hunger strike also continues peacefully at the same place with two new people joining the protest every day. 








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